Madeira bus crash – Shocking moment tourist bus topples off mountain road killing 29 people at accident blackspot

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THIS is the moment a Madeira bus crashed after toppling off a mountain road and into a house – leaving at least 29 people dead.

Horrific footage captured the white vehicle – carrying 55 people – hurtling down a steep hill on the Portuguese island of Madeira yesterday at 5.30pm GMT.

 This grainy video footage, broadcast by Portuguese TV media, shows the Madeira bus crash

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This grainy video footage, broadcast by Portuguese TV media, shows the Madeira bus crash
 Injured victims are helped from the scene of the deadly smash by emergency workers

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Injured victims are helped from the scene of the deadly smash by emergency workers
 Drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed in Madeira on Wednesday

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Drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed in Madeira on Wednesday

The coach appeared to completely turn over for a few seconds before landing on its side on a sharp bend near the small city of Canico.

Local MP Roberto Almada said the area of the crash is an “accident blackspot.”

He said: “Before the spot where the coach went off the road, there’s a very sharp bend that goes from west to east and there’s been many accidents there in the past.

“It’s a very difficult area for drivers, especially drivers of larger vehicles.”

‘I HAVE NO WORDS’

The death toll climbed to 29 overnight, with another 28 people left injured.

All the tourists on the bus were said to be German nationals.

Officials launched an inquiry into the accident, with some investigators believing the coach’s brakes could have failed before the crash.

Local Mayor Filipe Sousa told local Portuguese broadcaster SIC TV yesterday: “I have no words to describe what happened.

“I cannot face the suffering of these people.”

‘DIFFICULT AREA FOR DRIVERS’

Mr Sousa added that some pedestrians may have been hit by the bus as it careered off the road.

Dramatic pictures from the scene show an overturned white bus surrounded by firefighters.

SIC reports that there were 19 ambulances at the scene of the deadly smash.

Madeira bus crash – Footage shows emergency services evacuating people after coach carrying 50 holidaymakers crashes onto a HOUSE

The coach was heading to the island’s capital of Funchal and was carrying 55 passengers along with the tourist guide and driver – who are both Portuguese.

Following the bus crash, the UK Foreign Office said it was “seeking information” from Portuguese authorities and is ready to support any British nationals who require help.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa sent a message of condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A regional civil protection official said the tourists involved in the accident were aged between 40 and 50 years old.

 The wrecked tourist bus after it was recovered from a hillside in Maderia

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The wrecked tourist bus after it was recovered from a hillside in Maderia
 Rescue officials attend the scene after a tour bus crashed in Canico on Portugal's Madeira Island, Wednesday

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Rescue officials attend the scene after a tour bus crashed in Canico on Portugal’s Madeira Island, Wednesday
 Emergency personnel at the site last night

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Emergency personnel at the site last night
 According to reports, there were at least 19 ambulance vehicles

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According to reports, there were at least 19 ambulance vehicles
 The mangled wreckage of the bus which skidded of a mountain road in Madeira

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The mangled wreckage of the bus which skidded of a mountain road in Madeira
 A woman is helped from the scene by emergency workers

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A woman is helped from the scene by emergency workers
 Firefighters at the scene of the crash where at least 29 people have reportedly died

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Firefighters at the scene of the crash where at least 29 people have reportedly died
 Several ambulances attended the scene of the horrific crash

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Several ambulances attended the scene of the horrific crash
 All the tourists on the bus were German, officials have said

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All the tourists on the bus were German, officials have said
 Glass is scattered across the road at the scene of the crash
Glass is scattered across the road at the scene of the crash
 The deadly bus smash happened on the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira
The deadly bus smash happened on the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira


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